July 6, 2012
Food for thought - even for women
I hope to be able to download this book, which I have read two or three times already, as it is a keeper. A good friend recommended it. As she also recommended Women who run with the Wolves (a veritable modern-day bible for women), I assumed it would be time well spent, even though it is aimed at men. I found it to be an inspiration, also giving spiritual insights that are generally applicable. Not only men stand to benefit from this work. Bly actually shows amazing insight into the psyches of women as well. I still quote him regularly from this book. I see it has been downloaded more than 3000 times. It is hard to believe I am the first person to write a review. Come on, everybody - it is time you read this. I actually believe it is imperative that all mothers read this, as I so often notice that women try to turn their sons into perfect boyfriends. Please do not misunderstand me: I do not mean to say that they do this in terms of sex. However, they do try to mould them into the man in their lives who always comes home, who understands them and fulfills them emotionally, who holds their hands (figuratively, but too often also literally) when they should be strong enough to stand alone or lean on mature friends or relatives when necessary. Strong boys and men break those ties. Those who are weaker - or whose mothers are merciless - stay. This often makes it impossible for them to establish a meaningful and permanent relationship with a life partner.